I've recently learned what I can and can't be casual about.
When I was a teenager I heard someone much older say, there comes a point when you have to start narrowing things down. At first I thought that I could do everything, but in time i learned that it's not entirely about your wants, it's just a matter of needs.
In time I started to see that there were things that I couldn't live without, and others that gave me no energy. Among the things that I did enjoy, a few things turned into more of an obsession. I'd find myself nerding out over image making a little more than normal. Drawing, painting, taking photos, and cinematography really stuck and I'd find myself thinking about those things on my free time. At that point it all made sense.
There comes a point where you'll no longer be casual about a few things. A casual participant doesn't dig deep into technique, or persist to break through fringe obstacles. A casual participant doesn't study for fun.
Turning On Lights
Lately I've been thinking about the grid. The grid being the ideas that keep us on the tracks that we're moving along.
I've been trying to figure out better ways to break patterns and make new ones. Is it rewards, is it schedules and charts, is it accountability partners?
So far it seems to be hinged on a need. Any wants that happen to be around just don't have the same gravity. They lack the same pull. The question then becomes, how does one develop a need. Is there a rational process that one can take to shift ideas from one category into the other?
It's like walking into a mansion and turning on lights to guide myself along the way. In part I'm already where I need to be going, in part I'm catching up to myself.
I stumbled on an odd combination.
Hoya IR Cut + Tokina 11-16 V
It blooms red with double rainbow rings, and creates a star pattern at times.
I've been gradually messing with kit combinations to get a specific look. After the camera captures all of the necessary data to craft the image you'd like , you can bend and tweak things. Sometimes it's grain , color shifts , levels , sharpness or lack of, lensing etc.
That then gets combined with the framing and lighting approach, and styles of camera movement.
It becomes something of a recipe in your cookbook.
If you want to dig in deeper I recommend checking out the display prep demos by Steve Yedlin.
ALSO , if you'd like to know about the equipment that I use on the daily you can check it out here.
I decided to pick up a new camera. Something that is super solid for travel work, light and easy to port around, but also delivers some solid quality. The blackmagic pocket cinema camera 6k checked all of the boxes for my list. I've personally rigged it up a bit but it's still very portable.
It's unreal how far technology has come. As I stepped out to shoot this clip with my little bro and my nephew it made me think about how this would blow my dad away if he could see it. Grateful for him putting a cam in my hands when I was a kid.
Side note , DaVinci Resolve has been immensely helpful. Recently I've picked up a few things to add into something of a workflow and it's proven very effective.
If you'd like to try out this camera for yourself I'm dropping an affiliate link below.
Also if you'd like to talk about workflow stuff feel free to drop a comment, or hit me up directly through my contact page.
DATA - ACTIVE VS PASSIVE
This comes to mind every time that a new piece of tech is dropped. Too often people forget that if you look at a camera as a data collection machine, and know how to properly manipulate the data, the out of the box "looks" mean less and less.
Dig deep, as there's so much untapped potential in your gear.
Take an active role in your display prep.
Active authorship over passive use.
On a journey. Searching for something. Sharing what's found.